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Archive for October, 2008

Education, SharePoint and Business Intelligence

Posted by workerthread on October 24, 2008

I noticed this post on the Microsoft BI blog and thought it was worth passing on.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina have developed a performance dashboard and set of scorecards using PerformancePoint and Windows SharePoint Services, and this can now be accessed on line here.  Worth taking a look if you are looking at the monitoring and reporting capabilities of PerformancePoint.  The accompanying Microsoft case study says it is a 3 server solution, with a 50GB data warehouse behind it.

This week I also took a look at some of the stuff happening with the Microsoft Citizen Service Platform, which might be a useful resource if you are involved in delivering collaborative solutions into government organisations.  There are various online demos around SharePoint and Dynamics CRM, and some templates beginning to appear on CodePlex.

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SmallBasic – Putting The Fun Back Into Programming

Posted by workerthread on October 24, 2008


SmallBasic is a groovy new project from MSDN DevLabs which you can download from here.  It’s aimed at bringing the “fun” back into programming for both children and adults, so its a small download with just 15 keywords (although it does also need .Net Framework 3.5).  When I see those For/Next loops in the getting started document it reminds me of those Sinclair ZX81 and BBC Micro days…

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Got Those CSS Curly-Bracket Blues

Posted by workerthread on October 17, 2008

A little Friday afternoon light relief for anyone struggling with a SharePoint re-branding exercise:


Got those H1 curly bracket property colon value semi-colon curly bracket blues…

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